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Rowthorn is wrong

Bob Rowthorn's essay on immigration and national cohesion last month provoked a big response, mostly - as here - hostile

At a time when asylum seekers are regularly subject to brutal attacks by those whose racist politics have been fed by irresponsible media reporting, the need for cool heads and sober analysis is urgent. For Prospect to have published Bob Rowthorn’s polemic on the case for Fortress Europe (February 2003) is therefore deeply regrettable.

The article is riddled with inaccuracies. Rowthorn claims that immigration threatens the symbols of British nationhood-and cites the case of a Muslim recruit to the Metropolitan Police (actually he was a traffic warden) who had objected to the police badge because it includes a Christian cross.…

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